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In the planning phase of machine projects, the cycle time is a determining parameter. At complex machines with subsystems, branching tracks of different logistics systems (rigid, flexible interlinked, robot linkage), the cycle time can only be determined with a simulation in advance. This simulation is an important step to e.g. detect Bottlenecks in advance and eliminate them.

Tasks

The following activities have to be performed in the scope of the project:

  • Incorporation into the simulation software Tecnomatrix
  • Utilization of the interfaces of Tecnomax
  • Utilization of existing data to create a simulation.
  • Development of product types

Objectives

  • Implementation of a software-generator, that creates the configuration in simulation environment from a modeled machine.

 

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Jonas Schmidbauer
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With our many years of experience in automation, manufacturing and software we are leaders and shapers of the production of the future. We are actively looking for collaboration with education and research to continue improving and always stay up to date with research and technology. Be a part of it! We are always looking for dedicated students and undergraduates that want to work on high-tech production of the future along with us.

Our offer

UNIVERSITIES / UNIVERSITIES OF APPLIED SCIENCE

  • Joint thesis, Master’s thesis, dissertation
  • Application for advertised topic or own proposal
  • Requirement: Application letter with curriculum vitae / higher school certificate / if already completed, the bachelor's certificate along with confirmation of enrollment of the current semester
  • Finalization of conditions on contractual basis incl. confidentiality agreement

POLYTECHNICAL COLLEGE

  • Joint thesis (final project)
  • Application for advertised topic
  • Requirement: Application with curriculum vitae / certificate of 3. Grade (until 12/15 of the previous year) / confirmation school administration about project contents in the curriculum
  • Start usually in the course of the 1. HY of the 5. grade / cooperation via traineeship contract (with compensation of any expenses and incl. confidentiality agreement)

INTERNSHIPS

STIWA also offers students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through Internships. Vacation internships are possible at all Austrian locations in Attnang-Puchheim, Hagenberg and Gampern.

Requirements:

  • HAK, HTL, Gymnasium from 10th grade onwards
  • Letter of application with curriculum vitae
  • Deadline: December 15 of the current year
  • Assignment in January of the following year

 

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Universities / Universities of applied science

Motivation

Our control station software ZPoint-Cl represents the connecting link between the IT infrastructure of the planning level (ERP systems) and the machine level.

The IT infrastructure of the planning level varies from customer to customer. To connect them with one another, certain interfaces are necessary. Customer-specific extensions of the control station software are created that extract data from other systems, transform them if necessary and pass them on to the other system. These extensions are implemented as an additional software product.

It has to be analyzed which technologies/frameworks provide a connection as a modular. Thereby a configuration should be facilitated in the future.

Content

The following activities have to be carried out:

  • Requirements engineering
  • Evaluation which technologies support the requirements and processes in the beast way possible
  • Conception of a solution and technology selection
  • Proof of Concept, to evaluate solution/technology

Objective

  • Connections to ERP systems should be possible in modular design
  • From individual systems data should be extracted/transformed and forwarded to the system
  • A connection of our control station software to an ERP system should be able to be configured with as little implementation activity
    as possible

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Daniel Rudelstorfer
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Description

The optimal usage of existing resources takes a lot of effort today. A lot of IT systems run on low utilization, the available resources can not be used optimally. The goal of this thesis is to efficiently utilize these resources via a
GRID computing cluster.

Tasks

The following activities have to be performed in the scope of the project:

  • Grid computing cluster basics
  • Mesh-networking with focus on security
  • Services executable in container (Docker) and native (Windows, Linux), preferably Net 5
  • Autom. distribution across available resources
  • Comparison with current Eu projects Pledger and Decenter

Objectives

  • Development of executable product types

 

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Darijo Trupina
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Motivation

When connecting machines to our control station software AMS ZPoint-Cl, functions for communication within the processes of the stations of the machine are integrated on the control side and the product is adjusted to the requirements of the machine on the configuration side. In doing so all data of the connection is recorded and the processes are checked. This check is carried out manually based on recorded data and includes specified test cases.

Aim of the work is to find possibilities for automation of the data check. The basis for this are the logged data of the communication between systems and the recorded production data. This data is analyzed with specified test cases and the result of the data check is visualized.

Content

The following activities have to be carried out:

  • Requirements engineering
  • Evaluating which technologies for the automated data check supports the necessary processes and requirements
    in the best way possible
  • Conception of a solution and technology selection
  • Realization of a prototype in accordance with stakeholders

Objective

  • Creation of test cases for automated data check as a base for the machine programmer
  • Exptention possibility of the test cases due to start-up team of the machine (e.g. machine programmer)
  • The automated data check should be feasible for STIWA as well as the start-up team

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Daniel Rudelstorfer
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Description

Spark erosive cutting (wire-EDM) is an important production step when manufacturing highly tensioned active parts in STIWA mechanical engineering and toolmaking. The process allows the realization of complex geometries from various hard materials, which is not possible anymore via machining in many cases and very cost intensive. In the eroding process there are different, disadvantageous influences at the component skin zone, whose characteristics are highly dependent on process conditions. The quality of the eroding process as well as preparatory and following manufacturing processes therefore has immediate effect on component quality.

Tasks

The following activities have to be carried out in the scope of the project and the results have to be written down in a scientific work:

  • Recording of current component quality via metallurgical examinations
  • Analysis of the current process chain at STIWA from the decision, a component from eroding until part finish for selected materials
  • Detecting of optimization potentials of the process chain that could contribute to improvement of the component quality
  • Creation of experimental designs
  • Evaluating of parameter adjustments in the process chain according to suitable evaluation criteria

Objectives

  • Development of a reproducible manufacturing process to significantly raise the service life of tool components
  • Stabilizing of surface damage due to the eroding process to the lowest possible level
  • Optimal utilization of the potential of used materials
  • Economical aspects should be taken into account

 

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Manfred Rahofer
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Polytechnical colleges

Motivation

STIWA building automation regulates the entire distribution of the warming and cooling energy needed in a building and during production. This is how e.g. the waste heat from production machines is used for heating other parts of the building. To use the waste heat from machines for heating the entire building, the temperature of the cooling water has to be increased. This is carried out via multiple large industrial heat pumps with over 100kW power each. Our power stations consistently provide required heat flow volumes as well as cooling energies according to the demand. Sometimes the heat pumps are only switched on briefly.

 

Problem definitions

  • Heat pumps have a minimum runtime until they are switched on. During this time, the provided power has to be used even though it is not needed.
  • Individual heat pumps are switched on due to strict limits. Short temperature fluctuations could therefore lead to the requirement of an additional heat pump.
  • Subsequently the heat pumps are switched on more often then actually needed. Frequent starting shortens the service life of the heat pumps.

 

Tasks & goals

  • The goal is to develop a Fuzzy-Controller, that enables cascade control of multiple heat pumps.
  • The design of the Fuzzy-Controller has to be documented so that the regulation can be programmed.
  • The function of the Fuzzy-Controller has to be simulated in Excel.

 

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Johann Brandmayr
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Mag. Constanze Wagner
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Daniela Kaml
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